Total Time
264hrs 20mins
Prep 20 mins
Cook 264 hrs

Alton Brown's now famous corned beef recipe. 10 days to complete.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Place the water into a large 6 to 8 quart stockpot along with salt, sugar, saltpeter, cinnamon stick, mustard seeds, peppercorns, cloves, allspice, juniper berries, bay leaves and ginger. Cook over high heat until the salt and sugar have dissolved. Remove from the heat and add the ice. Stir until the ice has melted. If necessary, place the brine into the refrigerator until it reaches a temperature of 45 degrees F. Once it has cooled, place the brisket in a 2-gallon zip top bag and add the brine. Seal and lay flat inside a container, cover and place in the refrigerator for 10 days. Check daily to make sure the beef is completely submerged and stir the brine.
  2. After 10 days, remove from the brine and rinse well under cool water. Place the brisket into a pot just large enough to hold the meat, add the onion, carrot and celery and cover with water by 1-inch. Set over high heat and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to low, cover and gently simmer for 2 1/2 to 3 hours or until the meat is fork tender. Remove from the pot and thinly slice across the grain.
Most Helpful

Perfect taste. I skipped the salt Peter and the berries. Next time.

SD Slim March 16, 2013

I will be cooking this tonight (boiling method) but am disappointed that despire using Salt Petre I have a gray brisket.

Kevin461 February 27, 2011

spot on! i didn't use saltpeter because while dh said he had some, he never said where. so, it wasn't pink. i cooked it my usual way....roasting w/onions, oranges, celery & pickling spices low & slow. mmmmMMMMM!!! thank you Andi!

Elmotoo January 30, 2011